i read both previous responses; and well, yes and
no. the main problem is, you need to go with more bang for the buck. suppose if one was given the choice of transporting 300 people to a disaster site; should one transport and house 300 trained medical professionals, or 300 good intentioned but untrained well wishing hand holders? that is unfortunately the cutthroat financial equation that these aid organizations have to operate under. if one ever looked up these actual medical missions and what they require, they're very
specific. they want the sharpest scalpels in their kit, and not a band of innocents who could wind up being more of a liability than a help.
that said, my suggestion is that even if you're not a licensed professional who work trauma and emergency care routinely; there are many other things that you can do locally to help with relief efforts
. you can organize monetary donations, spread awareness of charitable organizations who are participating in the response, encourage colleagues who do have the highly sought after skill sets to volunteer, and most importantly, donate blood. in that manner, you can still give in a way that has positive impact, and you won't be in anyone else way or risk becoming a liability.
this was really a very good question; i sincerely thank the op both for his or her generous intentions and for having asked it.
btw, here is a sticky link from all nurses own site about where to donate: haitian disaster relief - links and number for donations